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BBC Scotland's Joanne Macauley
"The alleged rapes took place in Langholm"
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Thursday, 10 May, 2001, 19:10 GMT 20:10 UK
Police officer accused of rapes
Langholm
The alleged rapes took place in Langholm
A senior police officer has gone on trial accused of indecently assaulting and raping women over a three-year period.

Inspector Adam Carruthers, of Dumfries and Galloway police, denies assaulting three women and raping two of them between June 1993 and October 1996.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Inspector Carruthers, of Thomson Row, Penpont, Dumfries, is accused of committing some of the offences while on duty as a sergeant and using his police truncheon and baton in raping the two women.

Inspector Carruthers has pled not guilty to four counts of indecent assault, two counts of rape and one count of making threatening telephone calls to one alleged victim while his case was subject to an internal police investigation.

High Court in Glasgow
The trial is taking place at the High Court in Glasgow
The alleged rapes took place in Langholm while Adam Carruthers was working as a sergeant for Dumfries and Galloway Police.

On Thursday the first witness for the prosecution told the court that Mr Carruthers had first come to her house in the town to deal with a complaint about neighbours.

The woman said that instead of dealing with the complaint, Mr Carruthers indecently assaulted her.

The witness said that following that alleged incident, Mr Carruthers indecently assaulted her on a bus.

She also said that in the following months he came to her home several times and raped her.

Police position

The woman said she was never a willing party to Mr Carruthers alleged suggestions but was afraid of not doing what he wanted.

She said she kept quiet because she was embarrassed and intimidated by his position in the police force.

Dumfries and Galloway Police
Dumfries and Galloway Police
The witness also told the court that she did not say anything to her husband because she was afraid of how he would react.

But Mr Carruthers defence counsel, Paul McBride QC, said she had let his client into her home on several occasions and had shown no distress to anyone because nothing had happened.

Mr Carruthers is also charged with raping a second woman in Langholm and indecently assaulting a third.

He also stands accused of trying to silence one of them by using threats.

Mr Carruthers denies all of the charges. The trial before Lord Dawson continues.

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